Carlos Zapata makes idiosyncratic carved and painted sculpture and installation, primarily from wood. His work deals with many challenging and potent themes from poverty, conflict, religion and race, yet paradoxically, the overriding characteristics of the work are of empathy and compassion. Zapata’s work belongs to and takes inspiration from Folk and Tribal Arts from all over the world but specifically from South America, from its indigenous populous and the trade routes and traditions that have fed it over the centuries. Many of his sculptures have evolved from personal experience of living in a foreign land and from his home country where civil issues continue to trouble its people.
Zapata has exhibited International with works held in numerous private collections and museums around the world. Carlos Zapata is represented by Anima-Mundi.